George's Back Pocket
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George's Back Pocket

Rutland, Vermont, United States | INDIE

Rutland, Vermont, United States | INDIE
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"cd review"

Rutland singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist George Nostrand — also known as George, By George! — must spend more time playing music than sleeping. In little more than a year he’s released the 10-track, original disc Radio Songs and a live recording from the Windham in Bellows Falls, and he recently started another band called George’s Back Pocket. He’s also thinking of rejoining the Rutland-area jam band Sandhill. Can’t fault his ambition.

Nostrand sounds like he’s having a grand old time on Radio Songs, his solo debut. He sings, performs and generally revels in his own music, not in any particular hurry to wrap up a tune. Many of his local compadres swing by for the party; guests include Jim Gilmour and Ryan Dubois, two performing musicians who operate a recording studio called Southview Arts, where the album was mixed. Vermont rocker Duane Carleton also makes an appearance, as do a slew of others.

More than 20 musicians are credited on the disc, but Nostrand seems to have things under control. The album is mixed just the way he wants it, with his vocals and acoustic guitar front and center.

Nostrand is a self-proclaimed “super hippie with long-ass hair,” a line that’s subsequently rhymed with “I might cuss and swear.” He sings of heading south when Rutland County gets cold on “Mexico,” shares reminiscences about growing up with “Griswold Drive,” and describes being tongue-tied in love on “Blah.”

Nostrand’s songs contain plenty of “moon-June-spoon” poetics — “Always out there chasing shooting stars . . . Me and my guitar” — and the meandering guitar solos are designed for audiences already familiar with his personable style. Those who don’t like jam bands or the acoustic-based music of the early Grateful Dead might not entirely enjoy the ride.

Still, the record is good, lo-fi fun overall. Closing cut “Smokin’ in the Rain” ends with about a minute and a half of rain sounds followed by an interesting hootenanny version of the Lester Flatt classic, “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms.”

For those curious about what George Nostrand is all about, Radio Songs provides a solid example of his affably freewheeling sound. Chances are, we’ll be hearing more of it.

- Seven Days

"From CD reveiw of Radio Songs"

"George sings, performs and generally revels in his own music...(with) an affably freewheeling sound."
Robert Resnik, SEVEN DAYS/ All the Traditions
- Seven Days

"Preview for local show"

"Listening to Rutland singer/guitarist George "G.V." Nostrand's music I'm reminded of bluegrass skiffle bands like Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks or Asleep at the Wheel." - Michael Witthaus - Eagle Times

"Pocket Play in CT"

“Nothing beats the real deal grassroots sounds of "George's Back Pocket" for a stomping good time.
Our radio listeners keep the phones ringing every time we have his music on the air.”
- Bill Nolan,WPKN-FM Bridgeport,Ct.

"As A Promoter"

“As a promoter, George is a friend of the Paramount Theatre's. George offered his time, talent and connections in the regional music scene to help pull off a seamless, stress free, four band benefit. George's ability to organize top flight regional talent in short order is nothing short of amazing. Bands, backline, sound, techs in less than five days and the whole event came off without a hitch”. - Tim Marceau, Programming and Marketing Director, The Paramount Theatre, Rutland, VT - Paramount Theatre


Radio Songs, 2005 - George's famous "Solo Album" that featured over 20 guests, including three sisters, a singer from Canada, and a percussionist from Mexico.
Live at the Windham, 2006 - This Double Live CD was recorded at a sold out show at the beautiful Windham Theater during it's short lifespan. 2 separate bands are featured w/ special guests.
Live at Boccelli's, 2007 - A second sold out show in Bellows Falls, VT, fiddle player Mary Barron steals the show...

CDs have sold, mostly in a grassroots way, all over the country and internationally. They are also on CDBaby.The music has received airplay on college radio as well as WPKN/WPKM in Hartford, CT , 105.3/ WEBK Rutland, VT, Vermont Public Radio's "All The Traditions"



When singer/ songwriter George V. Nostrand, a.k.a George, by George, decided to put some of his original songs down to disc, it didn't take long for his solo project? to gather quite a guest list. By the time it came around to releasing the CD he realized he was going to need two separate bands to adequately present his material. This however was not very conducive to the road, or his bank account, so the Obnoxiously Large band was downsized to fit in George's Back Pocket. In theory this band was a trio, but since George's math is pretty poor you really never know how many people will be in the band, leading to the popular phrase "Who is in George's Back Pocket this time?"

George's Back Pocket is a dynamic group of talented musicians who like to have fun. Band member Marcos Levy recently wrote, "We Back-Pocketeers are bound together by a love for playing music with others along with a grand and ever-growing respect for George and his creative energy. I feel privileged to be a part of it all."